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Italian groups get Poľnobanka stock

Almost six percent of Poľnobanka's stock was recently acquired by the Italian financial groups Unicredito and Finest. The aim behind the stock sale was to enable Poľnobanka to enter the Italian banking market. Other current shareholders in Poľnobanka are Slovenská poisťovňa (Slovak Insurance) with 31.9 percent, the EBRD with 20 percent and the Ministry of Agriculture with 8.6 percent. Poľnobanka increased its equity capital by 56 percent from 800 million to 1.25 billion Sk at the end of June. This increased the bank's primary sources by 47 percent, and its total assets grew to 26.5 billion Sk. Poľnobanka is now ranked third among Slovak commercial banks.

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Journalists' dilemma over the case of the charged Jaroslav Haščák

Investigative reporter Adam Valček writes about what he learned during the Kuciak murder trial and how it applies in the case of the charged co-founder of Penta.

Jaroslav Haščák

Drop in car production lower than expected

Carmakers manufactured 11 percent less cars than in 2019.

Carmakers in Slovakia also produce electric battery and hybrid car models.

News digest: Slovakia tests en mass and launches vaccination of seniors

Health minister admits resignation if alert system not observed. Slovak diplomat has a new lucrative post.

The vaccination in nursing homes started.